Zenon (Greece)


Zenon was founded in 1987 to promote automation and robotic technologies to the Greek industry by developing a World-Class research centre in robotics. The company specialises in industrial robotics, computer vision and CIM. Over the last three years, Zenon succeeded in completing more than 50 contracts within a broad range of industrial sectors. The company's commitment was rewarded by the development of a world wide innovative robot grinding system based on a force controlled servo tool, conceived, developed and patented by Zenon.

Zenon will be responsible for the development of the autonomous mobile vehicle. This will be capable of climbing steel hulls, operating underwater and deploying the NDT sensor payloads. They will also develop advanced software to manage the overall system.

Reasons for participating
Zenon is an SME that employs 80 persons and specialises in data collection, computer vision, image archiving and CIM. It sees this project as an opportunity to extend its expertise to include the collection and analysis of digital radiographic data.

Contribution to project
Develop automated defect recognition software (WP-E) for digital radiographic examination of welds for the oil & gas, petrochemical, power generation and rail industries.

FilmFree is a collaboration between the following organisations: TWI Ltd, CIT Ltd, Balteau NDT SA, Innospexion ApS, OY AJAT Ltd, Advanced Technology Group s.r.o., Isotest Engineering S.r.l., Tecnitest Ingenieros SL, Trueflaw Ltd, Kingston Computer Consultancy Ltd, NDT Consultants Ltd, Technic Control Ltd Co, Industrial Control Machines SA, X-Tek Systems Ltd, Applus RTD, Nexus Engineering Ltd, Airbus UK Ltd, EADS CCR - Groupement d’Interet Economique, Wytwornia Sprzetu Komunikacyjnego PZL – Rzeszow SA, Total France, Rolls Royce plc, Advantica Ltd, DB AG, Helenic Society of Non Destructive Testing, Castings Technology International, Bulgarian Welding Society, Commissariat a l’energie atomiique, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Technical University of Sofia and Politechnika Szcezinska. The Project is co-ordinated and managed by TWI Ltd. and is partly funded by the EC under the IP SME programme ref: Number NMP2-CT-2005-515746.